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Xinhua world news summary at 1500 GMT, July 28

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29 Jul 2021, 13:18 GMT+10

KIEV -- A light-engine airplane crashed onto a private residential building, killing the pilot and three passengers on board in the Ivano-Frankivsk region, western Ukraine, the State Emergency Service (SES) reported on its official website on Wednesday.

"At about 1:40 p.m. (1040 GMT) on July 28, a light-engine sports plane crashed onto a private residential building and caught fire, as a result of which four people died," reads the message published by the SES. (Ukraine-Plane crash)

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ROME -- Italy has authorized the Moderna Spikevax coronavirus vaccine for minors aged between 12 and 17, the country's health authority said on Wednesday.

The decision came after European Union Medicines Agency (EMA) on July 23 had recommended extending the use of the vaccine to this age group. (Italy-Pandemic-Vaccination)

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CAIRO -- Egypt's top appeals court on Wednesday upheld life sentences for 11 Muslim Brotherhood leaders, including Mohammed Badie, supreme guide of the outlawed group, over charges of spying for foreign organizations, state-run Ahram online website reported.

Life sentence in Egypt means 25 years in prison. (Egypt-Muslim Brotherhood Leaders-Life Sentences)

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MAIMANA, Afghanistan -- At least 19 Taliban militants were killed and four hijacked military armored vehicles were destroyed on Wednesday when the Afghan Air Force targeted Taliban positions in the country's northern province of Faryab, the military confirmed.

The air force hit Taliban hideouts in Almar district at midday on Wednesday when Taliban militants intensified their offensive against the government forces on the outskirts of provincial capital Maimana, the army's 209th Shaheen Corps said in a statement. (Afghanistan-Faryab-Airstrikes)

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